Last Saturday, Minneapolis/St. Paul's City Pages reported that Maple Grove high school, in a suburb of Minneapolis, had suspended much of its hockey team and its head coach for reasons that have gone undisclosed in the intervening week. A source told City Pages the rumor that Maple Grove hockey players make sex tapes as an annual tradition, and one teacher in the school district said on Twitter that this year's edition, featuring a possibly drunk and possibly 15-year old girl, had led to the suspensions. No official has confirmed that account, though recent statements to the press from Maple Grove's hockey coach and principal were very grave and did not deny the existence of a video.
The Pioneer Press reported last week that 13 players had been suspended for "an incident last month at a private home." That article also noted that, after a solitary day of administrative leave, the school reinstated head coach Gary Stefano (pictured), even before reports came out about the nature of the suspensions. An additional source told City Pages that the tape in question was "horrible," though if a tape exists, no one in the press seems to have seen it. While the situation is different from the Steubenville rape case—no one has filed a police report, for starters, and details are far hazier—there are echoes of the factors that contributed to the lackadaisical investigation there. From the Star Tribune: